Samsung Galaxy A9 (2018) has insane quadruple rear cameras

Why not have it all, right?



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If you find the Huawei P20 Pro’s triple rear camera setup to be overwhelming, wait until you see the Galaxy A9 (2018). In a rather desperate move, Samsung‘s new smartphone has four rear cameras.

Yes, you read that right: The Galaxy A9 (2018) has quadruple rear cameras. The four camera sensors at the back of the phone are arranged vertically.

From the top, it has an ultra-wide 8-megapixel shooter with a 120-degree lens and f/2.4 aperture, the second one is a telephoto 10-megapixel f/2.4 camera with 2x optical zoom, then the main camera has a 24-megapixel sensor and f/1.7 lens for low-light shooting, and lastly, there’s a 5-megapixel depth camera for the Live Focus feature.

Additionally, it has a 24-megapixel front-facing camera for taking selfies. The phone also has improved camera software with 19 image optimization modes.

Moving on from the camera department, the Galaxy A9 (2018) is a typical glass-sandwich Samsung midranger that has a large 6.3-inch Super AMOLED display with a Full HD+ resolution.

Specs-wise, it sports an octa-core processor with up to 8GB of memory and 128GB of storage. There’s room for a microSD card with support for up to 512GB of additional space.

As expected, the phone runs Android Oreo with Samsung Experience on top and it has a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner.

Since it’s a pretty big phone, it has a large 3800mAh battery that’s capable of Adaptive Fast Charging through the phone’s USB-C port.

Of course, apart from the usual dark color option called Caviar Black, Samsung has a gradient color for the Galaxy A9 (2018) dubbed Lemonade Blue.

The phone is going to be widely available wherever Samsung phones are being sold.

SEE ALSO: Samsung Galaxy A7 hands-on: What can its three rear cameras do?


Facebook officially launches new and simplified Messenger

There’s still no Dark Mode, yet



The wait is over! A lot of users have been requesting a simpler Messenger app for Facebook for a long time now, and it’s finally official. The redesigned messaging app, which is officially called Messenger 4, is now being rolled out globally.

First demoed months ago, the new Facebook Messenger is now available to all compatible devices running Android and iOS. The new Messenger promises a more simplified experience that focuses on the most important features that people actually use.

Gone are the multiple tabs that crowd the interface of the old Messenger. Only three of the nine tabs remain in the new version: Chats, People, and Discover. If you love the existing features of Messenger like connecting with businesses, instant games, and the like, they’re still there hiding in the Discover tab.

Aside from the refreshing interface, Messenger 4 also introduces new personalization options. There are now color gradients for your customized chat bubbles. These colors can be changed at any time you wish.

This is how the new Facebook Messenger looks like on iPhones running iOS:

And, this is how it’ll work on Android phones:

The rollout has already started and it’ll be done in phases. The update should be available in the coming weeks. Also, Facebook will soon introduce new features including the much-awaited Dark Mode.

Source: Facebook Messenger

SEE ALSO: Facebook Lite comes to iPhones at less than 5MB

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Samsung teases its foldable smartphone’s launch date

It’s coming soon!



After every smartphone launch this year, 2018 has shaped up as the year of the notch. However, for all the controversies, the notch is only a transitionary period between traditional slab phones and the truly bezel-less phone.

To some, the future consists of pop-up cameras and integrated screens. To Samsung, it’s all about the foldable smartphone. Despite other conflicting rumors, Samsung’s (and hopefully, the world’s first) foldable phone is the brand’s most substantive plan to date.

Rumored for months, the plan ran through the entire gamut of patents, leaks, and speculations. From recent news, the company has confirmed the eventual foldable smartphone. According to reports, the phone will launch sometime next year.

However, a recent tweet narrows this timeframe even further. Straight from the horse’s mouth, Samsung has announced its next event on Twitter.

Subtitled “Where Now Meets Next,” the upcoming Samsung Developer Conference 2018 will open from November 7 to 8 this year. Right now, the event’s website advertises developments in Bixby, gaming, and augmented reality technologies. Additionally, Samsung President and CEO DJ Koh will head the program’s keynote presentation.

However, the teaser video includes a curious icon — a single guillemet unfolding into a straight line. Put more plainly, the symbol resembles the potential unfolding motion of a foldable smartphone.

Across the ages, Samsung has always imbued its symbols with design-centric meaning. The symbol’s inclusion is far from mere coincidence. In fact, the conference is the perfect venue for the technology’s debut. In the past, Samsung has used the event to promote the company’s more technical advancements.

Besides that, an announcement at this event coincides with a probable launch next year. Based on another report, the phone will launch shortly after the Galaxy S10 series. If the technology makes an appearance in November, the actual phone can debut around MWC Barcelona next year.

SEE ALSO: Samsung patents the world’s first all-screen fingerprint sensor

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Xiaomi has managed to widen its lead over Samsung in India

44 million total smartphones were sold in a quarter



Xiaomi is a fairly new brand in India but has managed to create unprecedented hype in the market. While Samsung has been around for more than a decade, the newcomer has created an unchallenged segment for itself. This year we witnessed Xiaomi taking the lead in terms of market share, and according to the most recent research report, the gap between the two has increased.

Going by Counterpoint Research’s Q3 2018 report, Xiaomi now has a 27 percent market share in India, a rise of five percent year over year. Samsung remains unmoved at 23 percent, followed by Vivo. Although, this quarter, the most interesting point to note is Micromax’s comeback in the top five club.

The Indian brand now has nine percent market share, three percent up from last year. The report emphasizes a recent contract the company won from the Chattisgarh state government. In partnership with telecom operator Jio, Micromax has supplied five million smartphones to the women and students in the state.

Another interesting takeaway is that buyers are now purchasing more expensive phones on an average with the US$ 150 to 250 (INR 11,000 to 18,000) segment accounting for a third of the volumes in the quarter. At the same time, the premium segment (US$ 400+) continues to be minuscule with just a three percent contribution in terms of volume.

In the premium segment, OnePlus has a foothold of 30 percent, followed by Samsung at 28 percent and Apple at 25 percent. Unfortunately, Huawei, OPPO, and Vivo are yet to make a dent in this division.

For Xiaomi, the recently announced Redmi 6 series and the POCO F1 have been successful in driving sales in both online as well as offline channels. Samsung continues to rely on its evergreen J-series smartphones along with the Android Go-powered J2 Core. Vivo’s V-series has been a hit as well and OPPO has been piggybacking on Realme sales.

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